By Mufti Rashid Ahmad Ludhianwi
Translated by Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias
Edited by Mawlana Bilal ‘Ali Ansari
What is the esteemed opinion of the ‘ulama regarding the now customary gathering of people in the masjid on the nights of the two ‘Ids, 15th Sha’ban, the last ten nights of Ramadan and other auspicious nights, to recite Qur`an, make dhikr, etc.? Some masjid even make special arrangements for the delivering of lectures on these nights. What is the Shar`i status of these actions?
By Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Shafi‘
Translated by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haroon Abasoomar
I’tikaf means: to remain in the musjid with the intention of i’tikaf. One may only leave the musjid to fulfil those needs that cannot be fulfilled inside the musjid, e.g. to go to the toilet, to make wudhu, to take a wâjib ghusl (obligatory bath) etc.
It is sunnah muakkadah‘alal kifayah to observe i’tikaf during the last 10 nights of Ramadân. i.e. if in a town or village no one observes i’tikaf, the sin of abandoning this sunnah will be upon the entire community. And if one person observes i’tikaf, the rest of the community will be absolved.